District Energy

GE, Coachella Energy Building a Big Lithium-Ion Battery

Carl Weinschenk

General Electric and Coachella Energy Storage Partners will build a $38 million battery for the Imperial Irrigation District in California. The 30-megawatt power source will be one of the largest lithium-ion batteries in the state, according to The Desert Sun. The project’s genesis was a blackout in September, 2011, which impacted 2.7 million people and   …Continue Reading

District Energy Development in Pittsburgh

Linda Hardesty

Grant Ervin, sustainability manager for they city of Pittsburgh, talks about district energy as an economic benefit in the city’s new real estate developments. In July, the city of Pittsburgh signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Department of Energy to develop a clean energy plan focused on district energy systems.

Pittsburgh Embarks on District Energy Plan

Linda Hardesty

The city of Pittsburgh signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Department of Energy to develop a clean energy plan focused on district energy systems. DOE’s local branch of its National Energy Technology Laboratory will share resources and guide university researchers in crafting a long-term plan for district energy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   …Continue Reading

Combining Solar with Ground Heat Pump Is Energy, Cost Efficient

Karen Henry

The energy- and cost-efficiency of buildings and areas can be improved by combining a ground heat pump with solar heating, according to the results of a project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT used ecological hybrid solutions to enhance the efficiency of heat and electricity production in buildings and found that a   …Continue Reading

Vancouver to Build District Energy Plant Powered by Biofuel

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver, Canada, is building a district energy plant and will require that new buildings in most areas of the downtown peninsula be connected to it, reports the Vancouver Sun. Creative Energy Canada Platforms has won the contract to build the new district energy plant on a large piece of city-owned land. The new plant will   …Continue Reading

Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading

Bernhard Companies Form Energy Services Firm

Linda Hardesty

Three Bernhard companies have contributed resources to form an energy services firm – Bernhard Energy. Bernhard Mechanical, EP Breaux Electrical and TME will provide Bernhard Energy with energy engineering, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and development services for business clients including hospitals, universities and commercial buildings. The new firm Bernhard Energy will provide financing to design, build, own,   …Continue Reading

Data Center Connects to Local District Energy System

Linda Hardesty

A “climate positive” data center is being constructed in the city of Falun, Sweden. The initiator of EcoDataCenter is the energy company Falu Energi & Vatten in collaboration with EcoDC AB. Schneider Electric will supply technology that will deliver energy efficient solutions and products to the project. The EcoDataCenter will be connected to the local   …Continue Reading

Apple Spends $1.9B for New Data Centers Powered by Renewables

Linda Hardesty

Apple announced a $1.9 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services for customers across Europe. According to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, this new investment represents Apple’s biggest project   …Continue Reading

Empower Connects Emirates Towers to Its District Cooling System

Karen Henry

Empower recently connected Dubai’s Emirates Towers to its district cooling system. The Emirates Towers  consist of two of the tallest buildings in the world—the Emirates Office Tower (1,165 ft.) and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel (1,014 ft.). Empower’s district cooling system has a total capacity of 6,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT). The conversion from the Towers’ existing   …Continue Reading